West Ham United’s optimism following the recent appointment of David Moyes may have weakened slightly due to Sunday’s result.
The Scotsman was appointed as Slaven Bilic’s successor almost a fortnight ago and had the international break to assess his squad.
First up for the former Manchester United boss was a trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford.
Pressure was on for Moyes to get off to a winning start, but he was unable to do so as Will Hughes and Richarlison got on the scoresheet for the Hornets.
The result was West Ham’s seventh Premier League defeat of the season and their fifth consecutive game without a win.
A large number of fans were underwhelmed when Moyes was given the job, and their stance is unlikely to have changed following Sunday’s match.
After the final whistle, captain Mark Noble spoke to the media and urged the supporters to stand by the team in these difficult times.
As expected, the fans had plenty to say in response.
Strolling around like a bunch of 70 yr olds at walking football is not going to endear you to the fans. Club is sick and the rot starts at the top. Spivs out and take Brady with!
— Matt J (@MrAunderBooch) November 19, 2017
I urge the players to start doing what they are paid to do
— Terry May (@terrywhu2) November 19, 2017
Do you really think this kind of article helps? Were always are behind you – we’ll put the effort in to get to Everton mid week & Stoke & Man City before Christmas & yet the players turn out a performance like today. Sort yourselves out b4 you look at us 😡
— ⚒ Peter D ⚒ (@PDlegend) November 19, 2017
I was there today and I’ll be there Friday it’d make a nice change if our team could turn up
— Benn (@Hammerbenn) November 19, 2017
I urge the board to sell up and the players to put some effort in.
— Paul Cole ⚒️ (@DjPaulCole) November 19, 2017
You get paid to perform on the pitch, give us something to support u for!!
— lynsey button (@lynseybutton1) November 19, 2017
I urge the board to sell up
— The West Hammers (@TheWestHammers) November 19, 2017
Bang out of order Noble. As at ANY club, eleven players cross the line and it's solely down to you to put a performance in. Fans do their share by paying their way to matches, shirts etc. The fans that help you have a luxury lifestyle. Grow some FFS.
— Dave Latham (@davethedent) November 19, 2017